Oregon officially surpassed a numerical milestone Wednesday as health officials had administrated 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, less than three months after the first dose was injected in December.
As of Wednesday, some 1,019,767 vaccine doses were administered in the state. More than 636,000 of the state’s 4.2 million residents had received at least one dose as of Tuesday.
Oregon announced the news as it reported another 27 deaths due to COVID-19 and 276 new cases statewide, putting the overall known death toll at 2,252 since the pandemic began.
Patrick Allen, the state’s health authority director, said Wednesday’s vaccine milestone wouldn’t have been possible without local partnerships. “Every day we are delivering more than 22,000 doses of vaccine that will bring us to the end of this difficult journey for so many,” he said in a statement.
Overall cases continue to drop, broadly, with Wednesday seeing Jackson County record nearly double (47) the total number of cases as Multnomah County (26), which has more than three times the population.
The state is expected to announce new risk levels next week following the latest two months of case positivity data, which may result in further loosened guidelines for Multnomah County.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (24), Deschutes (10), Douglas (22), Grant (2), Harney (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (5), Josephine (5), Klamath (2), Lane (15), Linn (4), Malheur (2), Marion (28), Multnomah (26), Polk (4), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (7), Union (10), Washington (25) and Yamhill (2).
Who died: State officials said they would release more information about the 27 people who died later.
The prevalence of infections: On Wednesday, the state reported 601 new positive tests out of 27,038 tests performed, equaling a 2.2% positivity rate. But state officials said the rate is artificially low because they received a “large volume” of backlogged test data from the past two months, with about 99% of those results negative.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (6); 10-19 (40); 20-29 (46); 30-39 (36); 40-49 (27); 50-59 (35); 60-69 (23); 70-79 (13); 80 and older (20).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported that 140 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Oregon, which is nine fewer than yesterday. There were 31 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, two more than were in similar care Tuesday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 1,019,767 first and second doses as of Wednesday. The state reported 22,346 new doses reported, although a breakdown between those administered Tuesday versus previous days was not provided.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 156,287 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,252 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported over 3,787,438 lab reports from tests.